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How Do I Choose the Best Eyeliner for Men?

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The popularity of guyliner, eyeliner for men, is growing as the stereotype that makeup is women-only fades. Choosing the best eyeliner for men is basically the same as choosing the best eyeliner for women; the products are often the same, just repackaged. The first step is to determine what color works best on you: black, brown, or blue. Next, decide between liquid and pencil eyeliner. Lastly, if possible, try on the product before purchasing it to make sure it is the right eyeliner for you.

Most eyeliner products marketed toward men are essentially the same as women’s. While guyliner is gaining popularity, it is still not stocked in the vast majority of makeup stores. If you cannot find eyeliner for men, opt for eyeliner for women instead. Most of the time, it is basically the same as choosing shampoo for women rather than shampoo for men. The product is not different, but the packaging and, in the case of shampoo, scent might be.

The basic eyeliner colors are black, brown, and blue, but there are different shades of those colors in addition to a wide range of other less commonly used colors like red and yellow. In general, the best eyeliner for men complements their eye color. For example, a man with green eyes will probably look best in light to dark brown eyeliner, but some experimenting is necessary. In addition, darker colors are usually reserved for more dramatic looks.

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Most cosmetic experts recommend an eyeliner pencil for makeup novices, because liquid eyeliners are more difficult to apply with an unsteady hand. These two types of eyeliner give different effects, however, so the best choice depends on the look you are aiming for. In general, liquid eyeliner resembles wet paint and gives a darker, sharper color. On the other hand, pencil applies a thicker line of makeup and often gives a smudged look, which can be perfect for men who do not like their makeup to look too perfect.

Once you have a good idea of the best eyeliner for you, visit a makeup counter and either ask a salesperson to apply the eyeliner or do it yourself. If you have never applied eyeliner before, it is best to ask a salesperson to do it and let him or her know that you want to learn how. In addition, tell the salesperson what kind of eyeliner for men you are looking for. Makeup salespeople are typically very knowledgeable about their products, how to apply them, and what might look best on you.

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